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by Reto Stockli, NASA Earth Observatory
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These data represent the elevation of the Earth's land surface in meters, relative to sea level. Positive values are height above sea level, negative values below sea level. The data are formatted as a single-channel 16-bit integer (two byte, long) signed raw binary file, with big-endian byte order and no header. Dimensions are 86400 columns (width, x) by 43200 lines (height, y).The coordinates of the upper-left hand corner of the first pixel is 180 degrees West, 90 degrees North. Grid spacing...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8391
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by Astronaut photograph was taken on January 26, 2004, using a Kodak digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and was provided by Julie Robinson, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory (Lockheed Martin), Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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This international image of the El Paso-Juárez area on the U.S.-Mexico border is the <a href="http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/releases/2004/J04-006.html"><strong>100,000th</strong> photograph of Earth</a> that astronauts have taken from the International Space Station. It was taken on January 26, 2004, by Expedition 8 crewmembers.The Rio Grande can be seen meandering through the area, forming the boundary between the sister cities...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Sun, What -- Earth, Where -- Texas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16721
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by Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view of the Sun sinking below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol’s data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam’s 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and...
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Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17213
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by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).
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This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Polar, What -- Visible Light, What -- Defense Meteorological Satellite
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2434
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A massive solar flare erupted from the surface of the Sun at 9:51 UTC on October 28, 2003. The solar flare persisted for more than an hour, peaking at 11:10 UTC. Associated with the flare was an ejection of a billion tons or more of gas from the Sun’s tenuous outer atmosphere, or corona. Both the flare and the coronal mass ejection accelerated electrically charged particles to very high energies and hurled them at near the speed of light directly toward the Earth. It takes light roughly 8...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- SOHO, What -- Imager, What -- Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16618
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by Astronaut photograph was taken August 18, 2003 with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800mm lens and provided by Cynthia A. Evans (Lockheed Martin / Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center). The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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high resolution 1000 pixel-wide image (650 kB JPEG) All astronauts are interested in observing unique human footprints from space, and especially those reflecting thousands of years of human activities. The region of the Great Pyramids of Giza—the last remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—is a favorite target. Although the pyramids have been imaged many times before by astronauts (for example: Space Station View of the Pyramids at Giza) , each new image provides a...
Topics: What -- Sphinx, What -- Sun, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Egypt
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16566
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by NASA images produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
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An Egyptian ferry carrying more than 1,300 people sank on February 2, 2006, in the northern Red Sea as strong storms swept across the region. While the exact cause of the disaster was not certain, the most likely reason was bad weather and high seas. At the time of the incident, a potent storm was advancing eastward over Egpyt and the western Mediterranean Sea. Out ahead of this advancing storm, strong southerly winds drew warm moist air up from the south. These conditions favour the...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Red Sea, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20467
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by Animation courtesy by Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA/GSFC Visualization and Analysis Lab
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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission and the famous “Blue Marble” full Earth image, Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visualization and Analysis Lab has rendered a new visualization inspired by the mission.The 21 second visualization begins with the current Kennedy Space Center launch pads in the Cape Canveral area where the Apollo missions started and the Space Shuttle Missions start today. The launch pads and Florida recede from view and the full Earth fills the frame. This...
Topics: What -- Apollo 17, What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- Clementine,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4267
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Silver and blue waters surround Greece in this true-color image acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on August 19, 2004. This year, Athens is host to the 2004 Olympic Games, which first started in Greece over 2,800 years ago (in...
Topics: Where -- Greece, Where -- Athens, Where -- Olympia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6593
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by Images and animation courtesy Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><b>large images</b> <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/aqua_beautyshot.jpg">Aqua Beauty Shot</a> (244 KB JPEG) <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/aqua_deploy.1.jpg">Aqua Orbiting the Earth</a> (300 KB JPEG) <br/><a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- EOS, What -- Aqua
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16076
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by Image courtesy NASA
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NASA scientists have an explanation for one of the worst climatic events in the history of the United States, the “Dust Bowl” drought, which devastated the Great Plains and all but dried up an already-depressed American economy in the 1930s.Siegfried Schubert of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., and colleagues used a computer model developed with modern-era satellite data to look at the climate over the past 100 years. The study found cooler-than-normal surface...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Pacific...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16765
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by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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This SeaWiFS image looks rather dark around Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands and has a bright bloom south of the Falklands. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 2/23/99.
Topic: Where -- Falkland Islands
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1281
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by Image courtesy (NOAA) and the Animation by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.
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Evening light catches the tops of towering thunderheads over the Mid-Atlantic states on April 28, 2002. The powerful storms spawned several tornados, one of which was classified as an F4 tornado. The powerful tornado touched down in the southern Maryland town of La Plata, destroying most of the historic downtown. The twister—one of the strongest ever to hit the state—beat a 24-mile swath running west to east through the state and claimed at least three lives.The image above was taken by the...
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- Maryland
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16071
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) images from January 13, 2003, features the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent in southern Iraq and Iran. The Fertile Crescent lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. At the top of The Persian Gulf (bottom right), where Kuwait (west of the Gulf), Iraq, and Iran meet, the two rivers join before...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Kuwait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4986
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Tucked deep in the Cambodian rainforest, the ancient Angkor Wat temple is considered one of the most valuable architectural sites in Asia. Angkor Wat is the pinnacle of the city of Angkor, capital of the once-powerful Khmer Empire of Southeast Asia. The temple was built by Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150 AD. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat is a representation of Mount Meru, home of the gods and the center of the Hindu universe. In addition to its unique pyramid temple...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17041
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by Animation courtesy NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, based on data from MODIS, Landsat 7, and Space Imaging’s IKONOS. Still image copyright Inc.
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Satellite remote sensors view the Earth at many scales of space, ranging from global through continental, regional, and local—even observing details as small as one meter (three feet) across. These data enable scientists to study a wide range of phenomena that occur over these same scales of space, such as El Niño, droughts, storms, and flash floods.The above image shows the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles, California. It is the final frame in an <a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15708
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by Astronaut photograph was taken July 27, 2003, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, Alexandria became a center of trade and learning in the ancient world. Alexander built the causeway between the Eastern and Western Harbors, joining Pharos Island (arrow) to the mainland. Alexandria’s cultural status was symbolized by the lighthouse on Pharos, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” The causeway is still known as the old part of the modern city. Since the year 2000, underwater archeologists...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Egypt
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16833
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by Images by Stuart Snodgrass, NASA Goddard SVS; Landsat 7 data courtesy USGS Eros Data Center; MODIS data courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team
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On July 29, 2001, emergency workers in Sicily, Italy, were working round the clock to reinforce dams to contain the lava flows threatening the tourist base, called Rifugio Sapienza, at the foot of Mt. Etna. Another river of lava stopped just short (about 4 km) of the town of Nicolosi. Meanwhile, the air over southeastern Sicily is thick with ash and nearby residents of Catania, a town located downwind of the volcanic plume, have been forced to use umbrellas while walking outside. As of August...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, What -- EOS, What -- Enterprise, Where -- Italy,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1898
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by Animation by Robert Simmon and Craig Mayhew (NASA GSFC)
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A rare tornado swept through Salt Lake City August 11, 1999, killing one person and injuring more than 70 others. Winds were in the 110–150 miles per hour range, and damaged several large buildings in the city's downtown.Images like these from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) help meteorologists track violent storms.
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- Salt Lake City
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15362
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by Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC
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This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" TARGET="outlink">Terra</a> satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- Snapshot
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15529
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by Image and Animation by Robert Simmon and Marit-Jentoft Nilsen, NASA GSFC, based on data from NOAA.
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Continued hot, dry weather in the American west contributed to the spread of numerous fires over the weekend of July 29–30, 2000. This is the most active fire season in the United States since 1988, when large portions of Yellowstone National Park burned.One of the largest fires currently burning has consumed more than 63,000 acres in Sequoia National Forest. This NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) image shows the fire on the afternoon of July 30, 2000. Note the...
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15475
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This is a false-color radar image of Central Africa, showing the Virunga Volcano chain along the borders of Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda. This area is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. <br/><br/> This C- and L-band image was acquired on April 12, 1994, on orbit 58 of space shuttle Endeavour by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR). The area is centered at about 1.75 degrees south latitude and 29.5 degrees east longitude. The...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=539
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by Data courtesy NOAA
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Hurricane Bret, the first of the 1999 season, crashed into the Gulf Coast of Texas late in the evening of August 22nd. At its strongest a category 4 hurricane (with winds over 135 mph), it quickly weakened once it moved over land. The large amounts of rain the storm delivered?as much as 25 inches?caused flooding in South Texas.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters believe this might be the first serious hurricane of many, due to the lingering effects of <a...
Topic: Where -- Texas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15363
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Global maps of average wind speed help researchers determine where to develop wind energy. Wind turbines (high-tech windmills) can generate power in places far from power plants and without an electricity grid—but planners need to know where there is sufficient wind for the turbines to operate efficiently. A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center developed these maps, and maps of solar insolation, and provide them free of charge. Private companies are using these data to design, build, and...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2154
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by Image courtesy science team.
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This April 7, 2000 image of Istanbul, Turkey shows a 21 by 24 km Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sub-scene in the visible and infrared channels. Vegetation appears red, and urban areas blue-green. Bustling Istanbul, with its magnificent historical heritage, has spanned the divide between Europe and Asia for more than 2,500 years. Originally called Byzantium, the city was founded in the 7th century BC on the Golden Horn, an arm of the narrow Bosporus...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15515
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by Image courtesy SOHO Extreme ultaviolet Imaging Telescope, ESA/NASA
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At the height of the solar cycle, the Sun is finally displaying some fireworks. This image from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) shows a large solar flare from June 6, 2000 at 1424 Universal Time (10:24 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Associated with the flare was a coronal mass ejection that sent a wave of fast moving charged particles straight towards Earth. (The image was acquired by the Extreme ultaviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT), one of 12 instruments aboard SOHO)Solar...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- SOHO, What -- FAST, What -- Earth
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15440
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Nestled between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans is a city known for its distinctive cuisine, multicultural heritage, and revolutionary music. The city was established by French fur traders in 1718 along a Native American trade route. It was ceded to the Spanish in 1763 before being sold to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Today, New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana. At the heart of the city is the colonial French Quarter, where most...
Topics: Where -- Mississippi, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Louisiana, Where -- Jackson
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17163
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL,
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The estuarine and marine environments of the United States’ eastern seaboard provide the setting for a variety of natural and human activities associated with the flow of water. This set of Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer images from October 11, 2000 captures the intricate system of barrier islands, wetlands, and estuaries comprising the coastal environments of North Carolina and southern Virginia. On the right-hand side of the images, a thin line of land provides a tenuous separation...
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- United States of America, Where -- North Carolina, Where -- Virginia, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15843
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by Astronaut photograph was taken April 16, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 200-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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This metropolis of 15 million people occupies both sides of the entrance to the narrow, 20-mile long Bosporus Strait connecting the Mediterranean and Sea of Marmara (south) to the Black Sea (north). From its founding as Byzantium by the Greeks in 600 B.C., this strategically located city has been a focus of maritime trade and commerce as well as an outpost and threshold for cultural exchange and conflict between Europe and Asia. The modern city’s layout and architecture show the influences of...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Istanbul, Where -- Turkey
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16812
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL,
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High resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/misr_himalaya_nadir.jpg">true-color image</a> <br/>High resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/misr_himalaya_anaglyph.jpg">anaglyph</a>The Tibetan Plateau and a portion of the Himalayan Mountain chain are captured in this Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) true-color and stereo images from May 14, 2000. The upper image is composed of...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- STEREO, What -- Earth, What -- Sun, Where -- Nepal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15646
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) images from January 13, 2003, features the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent in southern Iraq and Iran. The Fertile Crescent lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. At the top of The Persian Gulf (bottom right), where Kuwait (west of the Gulf), Iraq, and Iran meet, the two rivers join before...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Kuwait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4987
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by Images and animation by Robert Simmon, based on data aqcuired by the Landsat data is archived and distributed by the
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Although it is now the largest desert on Earth, during the last ice age the Sahara was a savannah with a climate similar to that of present-day Kenya and Tanzania. The annual rainfall was much greater than it is now, creating many rivers and lakes that are now hidden under shifting sands or exposed as barren salt flats. Over several hundred thousand years the rains also filled a series of vast underground aquifers. Modern African nations are now mining this <i>fossil...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Kenya, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Egypt, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16012
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by NASA image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Heavy snow fell over eastern South Africa and Lesotho during the final week of July 2004. As can be seen in the above <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image, acquired on July 29, by the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite, the snow extended much further than the peaks of the mountains where...
Topics: Where -- South Africa, Where -- Lesotho
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19444
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by Image courtesy Ron Beck, Satellite Systems Branch
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Founded on seven hills along the banks of the Italy?s Tiber River, Rome has had a greater impact on the world than almost any other modern day city. Currently the capital of Italy, Rome holds about 2.7 million people and rests 12 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea halfway down Italy?s west coast. In the above image, the city appears as a grayish mass. The Tiber River wends its way down the center of the image and through the heart of Rome before flowing into the Mediterranean. The...
Topics: What -- Mars, What -- Rhea, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Rome, Where -- Italy, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16270
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These fire data show the number of one square kilometer points, in each half-degree pixel (each pixel is 2500 square kilometers at the equator), that are hot enough to contain a large fire. These data, averaged for each month, are used to monitor natural and man-made fires, which affect both forest ecosystems and global climate. (Data from Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer [AVHRR]). Sensor: NOAA-15 POES/AVHRR. Data Start Date: 4/1/92. Data End Date: 12/31/93.
Topic: What -- NOAA 15
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7269
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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Inhabited since medieval times, the city of Berlin grew up out of settlements along the Spree River in a region of Europe long known as “the Mark of Brandenburg.” From its first recorded settlements in 1237, Berlin has grown into the capital and biggest city of Germany. It has a population of about 3.5 million and extends over 889 square kilometers. The Spree River runs horizontally through the center part of the scene. To the left of center, on the south side of the Spree, is the city’s...
Topics: What -- ASTER, Where -- Berlin, Where -- Germany
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16690
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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This false-color satellite image shows greater New York City. The Island of Manhattan is jutting southward from top center, bordered by the Hudson River to the west and the East River to the east. (North is straight up in this scene.) In the middle of Manhattan, Central Park appears as a long green rectangle running roughly north-south with a large lake in the middle. Also visible are parts of Staten Island (bottom left corner) and Long Island (lower right).The area shown is as rich in history...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16532
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by Image courtesy GOES project
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Tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas on May 3, 1999, killed at least 40 people and caused over 500 million dollars in damages. One of the tornadoes was an F-5, the largest and most powerful classification. Although no direct measurement of windspeed is possible in such powerful storms, winds in an F-5 tornado are capable of topping 300 miles per hour.The GOES-East weather satellite produces images of most of the United States every 30 minutes in visible and infra-red wavelengths. This image was...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Oklahoma, Where -- Kansas, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15349
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by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC
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Fifteen to thirty kilometers up in the atmosphere, in the layer called the stratosphere, ozone is created and destroyed primarily by ultraviolet radiation. The air in the stratosphere is bombarded continuously by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. When high-energy ultraviolet rays strike molecules of ordinary oxygen (O2), they split the molecule into two single oxygen atoms, known as atomic oxygen (O). A freed oxygen atom then can combine with an oxygen molecule to form a molecule of ozone...
Topic: What -- Sun
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired in July of 1969 with a Hasselblad film camera. The image is provided by the Earth Observations and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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The Moon (or ‘Luna’ in Latin) has occupied a prominent place in myth and folklore throughout human history. In the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere, the day-to-day change in the time of moonrise is smallest in the months surrounding the fall equinox. This consistency is due to the small angle between the horizon and the ecliptic (the apparent sky path traveled by both the Moon and the Sun) at this time of year. The bright, full disk of Luna provides enough dependable light in the...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Sun, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Earth
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by Image and animation courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
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This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image of Mt. St. Helens volcano in Washington State was acquired on August 8, 2000 and covers an area of 37 by 51 km. Mount Saint Helens, a volcano in the Cascade Range of southwestern Washington that had been dormant since 1857, began to show signs of renewed activity in early 1980. On 18 May 1980, it erupted with such violence that the top of the mountain was blown off, spewing a cloud of ash and gases that rose to an...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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Steeped in a 5,000-year history that encompasses Egyptian Pharaohs, ancient wonders, Roman Emperors, and bloody conquests, Cairo, Egypt, sits on the Nile River about a hundred miles south of the Mediterranean Sea. Cairo boasts a population of 16 million and covers an area of 214 square kilometers (82.6 square miles). The city appears as a large dark brown and purple mass in the center of the image. The bright green regions surrounding the city are farms along the fertile banks of the Nile,...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Landsat, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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China, North Korea, and South Korea are all visible in this MODIS true-color image acquired March 11, 2002. Four fires can be seen burning in North and South Korea, and the smoke plume from the northernmost fire is visible even in the 1 km resolution. Dust is in the air over the coasts of North Korea and China, and the waters all along the coast of North and South Korea are tinted with brown swirls of sediment. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 3/11/02. Data End Date: 3/11/02.
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Korea
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The islands of Japan are shown clearly off the coast of North and South Korea, China, and Russia in this true-color image. Running down through the islands are a string of mountains that make up part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire is a zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that stretches in a series of arcs from New Zealand, through Indonesia, up through the Philippines, Japan, the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia), across the Pacific Ocean via...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where -- China, Where -- Russia, Where -- Pacific...
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired March 4, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera using an 800 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been cropped and contrast enhanced; lens artifacts have also been removed. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Newport, Rhode Island, is well known as a summer destination, but winter snow blankets the city of Newport in this astronaut photograph. One of the first European settlements in the Americas, the region was initially populated by <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/studteaguide/RhodeIslandHistory/chapt2.html">colonists</a> seeking religious freedom denied them in Europe. Founded in 1639, Newport became a bastion of the Baptist faith but also exemplified...
Topics: Where -- Rhode Island, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Jamestown
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by Image courtesy (NOAA) and the Animation by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.
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Evening light catches the tops of towering thunderheads over the Mid-Atlantic states on April 28, 2002. The powerful storms spawned several tornados, one of which was classified as an F5 funnel cloud with winds in excess of 260 miles per hour. The powerful tornado touched down in the southern Maryland town of La Plata, destroying most of the historic downtown. The twister—one of the strongest ever to hit the state—beat a 24-mile swath running west to east through the state and claimed at...
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- Maryland
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2730
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by Images courtesy Hassan Partow, UNEP; animation by Lori Perkins, NASA GSFC Science Visualization Studio, based on data from the and the
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Landsat satellite imagery reveals that in the last 10 years, wetlands that once covered as much as 20,000 square km (7,725 square miles) in parts of Iraq and Iran have been reduced to about 15 percent of their original size. Through the damming and siphoning off of waters from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, the ecosystem has been decimated and, as a result, a number of plant and animal species face possible extinction.The top image is a false-color composite made from data collected by the...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2056
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><b>large images:</b> <br/><a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/kathmandu_elevation_lrg.jpg">Elevation</a> (1.2 MB) <br/><a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/kathmandu_reflectance_lrg.jpg">Radar Amplitude</a> (640...
Topics: What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Kathmandu, Where -- Nepal
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Along the northern coastline of Algeria, the rugged Atlas Mountains block moisture from the Mediterranean Sea (top) from reaching the interior Sahara Desert. South of the mountains, several impermanent salt lakes appear as grayish patches. Lines of sand dunes are visible in the high-resolution images, especially in the orange sands of the eastern Grand Erg Desert (right of center). This MODIS image was acquired on April 28, 2002. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/28/02.
Topics: What -- Atlas, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2800
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by Photograph was taken March 25, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800-mm lens, with information provided by Kamlesh P. Lulla, Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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With almost 23 million residents, Mumbai, India, is the second largest city in the world (only Tokyo, Japan, is larger than Mumbai). Rapid population growth in Mumbai is evident in this image from the International Space Station that shows several regions of the city with active land reclamation activities on its coasts, bays and hinterlands. Mumbai exemplifies the global urban growth and sprawl seen in recent years as human populations throughout the world continue to migrate to cities. The UN...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Mumbai, Where -- Tokyo, Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16805
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by Image courtesy (NOAA) and the Animation by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.
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Evening light catches the tops of towering thunderheads over the Mid-Atlantic states on April 28, 2002. The powerful storms spawned several tornados, one of which was classified as an F4 tornado. The powerful tornado touched down in the southern Maryland town of La Plata, destroying most of the historic downtown. The twister?one of the strongest ever to hit the state?beat a 24-mile swath running west to east through the state and claimed at least three lives.The image above was taken by the...
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- Maryland
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17726
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by NASA image courtesy Lawrence Ong, EO-1 Mission Science Office, NASA GSFC
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Although the breaches in the levees that allowed water to flow into New Orleans have been sealed, the city is still buried under a deep blue blanket of water. The water has been standing over the city for more than a week, after it began pouring in on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina battered the levees along the canals that run through the city from Lake Pontchartrain. The Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s EO-1 satellite acquired this detailed image of the flooded city on September 6,...
Topics: What -- Imager, What -- EO 1, Where -- Mississippi
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17299
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by Image courtesy Canadian Space Agency/NASA/Ohio State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Alaska SAR facility
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This image shows the movement of the Lambert Glacier. The ice velocity vectors were obtained by using RADARSAT Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the 2000 Antarctic Mapping Mission. Yellow represents the areas of no motion, which are either exposed land or stationary ice. The smaller confluent glaciers have generally low velocities, shown in green, of 100-300 meters (330-980 feet) per year, which gradually increase as they flow down the rapidly changing continental slope into the upper...
Topics: What -- Radarsat 1, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Columbus, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1618
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This stereoscopic image pair is a perspective view that shows the western part of the city of Pasadena, California, looking north toward the San Gabriel Mountains. Portions of the cities of Altadena and La Canada Flintridge are also shown. The cluster of large buildings left of center, at the base of the mountains, is the Jet Propulsion Laborat ory. This image shows the power of combining data from different sources to create planning tools to study problems that affect large urban areas. In...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=347
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by Animation courtesy NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, based on data from MODIS, Landsat 7, and Space Imaging’s IKONOS. Still image copyright Inc.
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Satellite remote sensors view the Earth at many scales of space, ranging from global through continental, regional, and local—even observing details as small as one meter (three feet) across. These data enable scientists to study a wide range of phenomena that occur over these same scales of space, such as El Niño, droughts, storms, and flash floods.The above image shows the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles, California. It is the final frame in an <a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1720
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Scientists use data from NASA’s Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) to measure the relative amount of aerosols—solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere. Aerosol types detected by the TOMS Aerosol Index include desert dust, smoke and volcanic ash located at least 2 km (1.2 miles) above the surface.Every day, TOMS measures how much UV radiation is absorbed within the atmosphere and how much is reflected back up into space. These measures directly relate to how much aerosol is...
Topic: What -- Spectrometer
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7174
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired June 12, 2004, with a Kodak K60C digital camera with a 400-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Athens, Greece, enjoys both historical and current significance on the world stage. The ancient city of Athens, considered to be the birthplace of many Western traditions in philosophy, the arts, and the scientific method, is located in the Central Plains region of Attica in eastern Greece. This astronaut photograph captures the western extent of the modern urban area. The large basin in which Athens is located was formed by faulting and has accumulated thick deposits of clays and alluvium....
Topics: Where -- Athens, Where -- Greece
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16910
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by Image and Animation by Robert Simmon and Marit-Jentoft Nilsen, NASA GSFC, based on data from NOAA.
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Continued hot, dry weather in the American west contributed to the spread of numerous fires over the weekend of July 29–30, 2000. This is the most active fire season in the United States since 1988, when large portions of Yellowstone National Park burned.One of the largest fires currently burning has consumed more than 63,000 acres in Sequoia National Forest. This NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) image shows the fire on the afternoon of July 30, 2000. Note the...
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- United States of America
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired March 13, 2003, with a Nikon D1 digital camera with an 800-mm lens and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Located on the highly populated Hawaiian island of Oahu just west of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor is the historic center of events on ‘the day that will live in infamy’—December 7, 1941—when the Japanese fleet launched a surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor and other strategic military targets on Oahu.Pearl Harbor is home base for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, controlled by the U.S. Navy. The larger Pearl Harbor Naval Complex (PHNC) is a large contributor to the island’s economy through jobs,...
Topics: Where -- Honolulu, Where -- Arizona, Where -- Hawaii
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16875
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by Robert Simmon, NASA Goddard DAAC
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A rare tornado swept through Salt Lake City August 11, 1999, killing one person and injuring more than 70 others. Winds were in the 110-150 miles per hour range, and damaged several large buildings in the city's downtown.Images like these from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) help meteorologists track violent storms. Sensor: GOES/GOES. Data Start Date: 8/11/99.
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, Where -- Salt Lake City, Where -- Utah
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These images from the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) show the high, arid, Tibetan Plateau in Asia. Tibet lies north of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal. The Plateau is dotted with a mixture of fresh and salt water lakes. For example, the two lakes in the left-center portion of the image near the Nepal-China border are fresh water, while the large lakes in the cluster...
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Topics: Where -- Nepal, Where -- China
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by Images and animation courtesy NASA GSFC based on data from MOPITT ( and .)
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NASA's <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov">Terra</a> spacecraft has assembled the most complete view ever of the world's air pollution travelling through the atmosphere, across continents and oceans. For the first time, policymakers and scientists now have a way to identify the major sources of air pollution and to closely track where the pollution goes, anywhere on Earth. The false colors in these images represent levels of carbon monoxide in the lower...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Toronto
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1788
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Against the barren desert of northeastern Africa, the fertile valley of the Nile River runs northward through Egypt. In the higher-resolution images, the city of Cairo can be seen as a gray smudge right where the river widens into its broad fan-shaped delta. Other cities are dotted across the green landscape, giving it a speckled appearance. Where the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea (top) the waters are swirling with color, likely a mixture of sediment, organic matter, and possibly...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Red Sea, Where...
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by Robert Simmon, Goddard DAAC
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Tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas on May 3, 1999, killed at least 40 people and caused over 500 million dollars in damages. One of the tornadoes was an F-5, the largest and most powerful classification. Although no direct measurement of windspeed is possible in such powerful storms, winds in an F-5 tornado are capable of topping 300 miles per hour.The GOES-East weather satellite produces images of most of the United States every 30 minutes in visible and infra-red wavelengths. This image was...
Topics: Where -- Oklahoma, Where -- Kansas, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3
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by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC
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Once in the stratosphere, the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) molecules are no longer shielded from ultraviolet radiation by the ozone layer. Bombarded by the Sun's ultraviolet energy, CFC molecules break up and release their chlorine atoms. The free chlorine atoms then can react with ozone molecules, taking one oxygen atom to form chlorine monoxide and leaving an ordinary oxygen molecule. Sensor: No Satellite/ No Data.
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by Images and animation by Robert Simmon, based on data aqcuired by the Landsat data is archived and distributed by the
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Although it is now the largest desert on Earth, during the last ice age the Sahara was a savannah with a climate similar to that of present-day Kenya and Tanzania. The annual rainfall was much greater than it is now, creating many rivers and lakes that are now hidden under shifting sands or exposed as barren salt flats. Over several hundred thousand years the rains also filled a series of vast underground aquifers. Modern African nations are now mining this <i>fossil...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Kenya, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Egypt, Where --...
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by NASA GSFC, MITI, ERSDAC, JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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This image of the city of Tokyo was acquired on March 22, 2000 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite. With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region, and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER will image the earth for the next 6 years to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet.This false color infrared image covers an area 60 km wide and 75 km...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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by Image and animation courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
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This <a href="http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer</a> (ASTER) image of Mt. St. Helens volcano in Washington State was acquired on August 8, 2000 and covers an area of 37 by 51 km. Mount Saint Helens, a volcano in the Cascade Range of southwestern Washington that had been dormant since 1857, began to show signs of renewed activity in early 1980. On 18 May 1980, it erupted...
Topics: What -- ASTER, What -- STEREO B, Where -- Washington
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This is an image of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and its surroundings, centered at 51.17 north latitude and 30.15 east longitude. The image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on its 16th orbit on October 1, 1994. The area is located on the northern border of the Ukraine Republic and was produced by using the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received) polarization. The differences in the intensity are due...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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A clear day provided SeaWiFS with this full view of Italy. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 6/23/99.
Topic: Where -- Italy
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by Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA’s Earth Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center
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On July 27, 1953, an armistice agreement brought fighting, though not the war itself, to an end in Korea. One legacy of that 50-year-old ceasefire has been the 250-km-long (148-mile) truce line bisecting the Korean Peninsula into northern and southern halves. The armistice provided for a 4-km-wide (2.5-mile) buffer zone running west to east roughly along the 38th parallel. This buffer zone contains river deltas and grasslands toward its western end, but is mostly mountainous terrain in the...
Topics: What -- Landsat, Where -- Korea, Where -- Seoul
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16525
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL,
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The estuarine and marine environments of the United States’ eastern seaboard provide the setting for a variety of natural and human activities associated with the flow of water. This set of Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer images from October 11, 2000 captures the intricate system of barrier islands, wetlands, and estuaries comprising the coastal environments of North Carolina and southern Virginia. On the right-hand side of the images, a thin line of land provides a tenuous separation...
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- United States of America, Where -- North Carolina, Where -- Virginia, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2104
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by Astronaut photograph was taken with an Electronic Still Camera equipped with an 85 mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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The Panama Canal is a 50-mile long engineering wonder connecting the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Completed by the United States in 1914, it runs southeastward from Colon, through the man-made Gatun Lake, to Panama City on the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Panama. The canal, a major artery of international shipping, uses a series of massive locks, manmade lakes, and water supplied by the copious tropical rainfall of the region to lift and lower transiting ships a height of 85 feet over...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Electronic Still Camera, Where -- Panama City,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16377
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by Images and animation courtesy NASA GSFC .)
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NASA's <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> spacecraft has assembled the most complete view ever of the world's air pollution travelling through the atmosphere, across continents and oceans. For the first time, policymakers and scientists now have a way to identify the major sources of air pollution and to closely track where the pollution goes, anywhere on Earth. The false colors in these images represent levels of carbon...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Toronto
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15738
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow dusts Poland and its neighbors in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from February 25, 2003. MODIS also detected a number of fires in the scene, all of which are marked in red. Countries shown are (clockwise from top left) Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Belarus, the Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 2/25/03. Data End Date: 2/25/03.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Poland, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Lithuania, Where --...
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